Music Courses & Classes in London and Online
We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music production, music theory, history, singing and choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.
Choosing your course
Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.
Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.
Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.
Studying at City Lit
City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.
Find a course
Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.
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- Great works: White ChristmasCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneHow did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
- Christmas Carols: a brief historyCourse start date: Thu 7 Dec 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenDiscover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Great operas: Elektra, Hansel and GretelCourse start date: Fri 8 Dec 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Pauline GreeneThis unlikely pairing of operas (one an Expressionist tragedy by Richard Strauss, one a charming fairy-tale by Englebert Humperdinck) were written by composers who were both strongly influenced by their great predecessor Wagner.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £39.00
- Come and sing: WickedCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley WilsonWicked - The hugely successful Broadway and international smash hit musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winne Holzman is being made into a feature film which will be in cinemas next year. Come and explore the highlights in several variations (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) at our friendly weekend workshop. 'No one mourns the wicked', 'The Wizard and I', 'One short day', 'Popular', 'Wonderful', 'For good', 'Dancing through life' and of course 'Defying gravity' are just some of the classic songs covered. There will be plenty of oppurtunities for solos over the course of the weekend.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
- Christmas carols sing-a-longCourse start date: Thu 14 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Siobhan BlakeTransport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others!Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
- Exploring the music of Fanny MendelssohnCourse start date: Tue 9 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Katy HamiltonThe elder of two brilliant composer siblings, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was a child prodigy and prolific composer who was unable to pursue a glittering public career as her brother did. We explore her life and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. ** This course has a scheduled break week: 30 Jan 2024.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- The essential history of jazz in 20 cutsCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Albi GravenerThrough a selection of 20 iconic albums, we will study the key figures, the innovators and the star soloists of 20th century jazz, as well as some important artists you might be less familiar with.
- Choral singing for pleasureCourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonWhether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential. Break week 23rd of Oct 2023.
- Choir at lunchtimeCourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonCome and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Break week 23rd Oct 2023.
- Greek stories and musical settingsCourse start date: Mon 15 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Katy Hamilton, Nikoletta ManiotiWe’re used to hearing of books and movies described as ‘timeless classics’ – but what does it mean for a composer to take a Classical myth and use it as the basis for a dramatic musical work centuries after the story was first recorded? Come and explore a range of myths from Homer, Euripides, Ovid and others, and learn how composers from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries brought these tales to life. * this course has no break week.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £189.00
- Exploring classical music: module 4Course start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Edward HendersonThis course offers a (very) brief history of Western art music during the 20th century. Suitable for classical music enthusiasts as well as near beginners. Each week we will look at a key work of classical music from the twentieth century and use it as a jumping off point to discuss the important historical and aesthetic developments that affected composition in the modern era. NB: no break week term 2, 2024.
- Exploring classical music: module 2Course start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Neil LuckDo you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. NB: This course has no scheduled break week.
- Exploring classical music: module 1Course start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Neil LuckDo you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 24 Oct 2023.
- The operatic tenorCourse start date: Fri 19 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Pauline GreeneHandsome, romantic, confident; getting the girl, or dying in the attempt: we explore the operatic Kings of the High Cs throughout history to encompass their thrilling vocal skills and rôles.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Mindful singingCourse start date: Sat 27 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clare FosterEngage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. This is a practical course in the classroom for singers in all styles.Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £188.00
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